CITES conference fails to protect any threatened marine species
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GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK: A great hammerhead is seen Walker's Cay, Bahamas, where they feed in open ocean fish as well as other sharks. In its triennial conference, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, came to a close without protecting any threatened marine species. Newscom/FILE
RED AND PINK CORAL: Corallium rubrum, known as red coral, is seen here in Calafuria, Italy, in 2007. The coral, harvested in the Mediterranean and western Pacific, is primarily used for jewelery. CITES turned down proposed regulations for the trade of 31 species of red coral during its conference in Doha, Qatar. Giovanni Marola/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/FILE
ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA: A little girl is fed bluefin tuna sushi at a restaurant in Yokohama, Japan, on March 12. The Japanese government, sushi lovers, and seafood traders at Tokyo's massive Tsukiji fish market on March 19, 2010 cheered the defeat of a proposed cross-border ban on trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna at the CITES conference. Yoshikauz Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom
POLAR BEARS: At the CITES conference in Doha, a measure to ban cross-border trade of polar bears or their body parts failed to get the required two-thirds majority and did not pass. As many as 700 polar bears, the global mascot for climate change, are killed illegally each year, said the head of the US delegation at the CITES conference. Here, a mother polar bear and her two cubs are seen in Wapusk National Park near Churchill, Manitoba. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/AP
OCEANIC WHITE-TIP SHARK: An oceanic white-tip shark is seen in the Red Sea in Egypt. The shark is among 7 species that were left unprotected by the CITES environmental conference in Qatar. Newscom/FILE
SANDBAR SHARK: The Sandbar shark, seen here at an exhibit at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn, NY, failed to have protective trade measures granted for it at the CITES conference. With the other six sharks brought up in the meetings, the animal's meat, fins, skins, and liver oil are in high demand. Newscom/FILE
DUSKY SHARK: A scientist off Long Island, NY, removes parasites from a dusky shark. Along with the Sandbar shark, and three others, the Dusky shark was intended to be moved to Apendix II for greater protection. The Dusky and the Sandbar were later removed, but all shark proposals for increased protection failed. Newscom/FILE
SPINY DOGFISH SHARK: At the CITES meeting in Qatar, proposal 18, to include the Spiny Dogfish shark on Appendix II from the EU and Palau failed with 60 votes in favor and 67 votes against with 11 abstaining. Newscom/FILE
PORBEAGLE SHARK: The porbeagle (larger shark in graphic) resembles the Great White Shark, failed to receive protection twice at the CITES conference. Initially CITES approved protection of the porbeagle earlier in the meetings, but Asian nations managed to reopen the debate on the final day of the conference and prevented the proposal from passing. Shark Alliance/MCT/Newscom/FILE
SMOOTH HAMMERHEAD: In Geoje, South Korea, a smooth hammerhead shark is pulled out of the water after having been caught in a fixed shore net near the city's swimming beach. The smooth hammerhead, one of three hammerhead sharks, was left unprotected with no new trade regulations at the CITES conference in Qatar. Yonhap/Newscom/FILE
SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD SHARK: A scalloped hammerhead shark is seen near the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The huge market for shark meat and body parts, especially in Asian nations such as China and Japan where delicacies like sharkfin soup are in high demand, contributed to CITES failing to enact proposed trade regulations and protections for several threatened shark species during the conference. Newscom/FILE
Hong Kong media, blanketed with images of masses of unarmed students fending off pepper spray with umbrellas, contrasts sharply with mainland China’s virtual blackout of news about the territory’s pro-democracy protests.
ByDidi Tang, Associated Press
China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events.